Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4171-2

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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4171-2
November 04, 2019

apport vulnerabilities
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A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

– Ubuntu 14.04 ESM

Summary:

Several security issues were fixed in Apport.

Software Description:
– apport: automatically generate crash reports for debugging

Details:

USN-4171-1 fixed several vulnerabilities in apport. This update provides
the corresponding update for Ubuntu 14.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

Kevin Backhouse discovered Apport would read its user-controlled settings
file as the root user. This could be used by a local attacker to possibly
crash Apport or have other unspecified consequences. (CVE-2019-11481)

Sander Bos discovered a race-condition in Apport during core dump
creation. This could be used by a local attacker to generate a crash report
for a privileged process that is readable by an unprivileged user.
(CVE-2019-11482)

Sander Bos discovered Apport mishandled crash dumps originating from
containers. This could be used by a local attacker to generate a crash
report for a privileged process that is readable by an unprivileged user.
(CVE-2019-11483)

Sander Bos discovered Apport mishandled lock-file creation. This could be
used by a local attacker to cause a denial of service against Apport.
(CVE-2019-11485)

Kevin Backhouse discovered Apport read various process-specific files with
elevated privileges during crash dump generation. This could could be used
by a local attacker to generate a crash report for a privileged process
that is readable by an unprivileged user. (CVE-2019-15790)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM:
apport 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.29+esm2
python-apport 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.29+esm2
python3-apport 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.29+esm2

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References:
https://usn.ubuntu.com/4171-2
https://usn.ubuntu.com/4171-1
CVE-2019-11481, CVE-2019-11482, CVE-2019-11483, CVE-2019-11485,
CVE-2019-15790